Clinical Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy

Tacoma, Washington, United States

Job description


Full-time, ongoing clinical faculty position; begins Fall term 2015. This is a non-tenure-line appointment.


We are seeking a doctorally-prepared occupational therapist to teach in our entry-level Masters of Science Program and our Post Professional Clinical Doctorate Program. Additionally, the person in this position will manage the Onsite Pediatric Occupational Therapy Clinic in collaboration with the faculty member managing the Onsite Adult Clinic.

Primary expertise desired in pediatrics with an emphasis on rehabilitation, clinic-based services, and early intervention. Preferred pediatric expertise sought is in one or more of the following: psychosocial treatment, wheelchair seating and positioning, and/or orthotics and prosthetics. Additionally, the ability to participate in teaching modules of any of the following would be valued: occupational therapy theory and models of practice, multicultural competence, ADA and community access, leadership and management and/or work and vocational rehabilitation health systems and health policy

Standard teaching assignment is three units per semester and may include onsite clinic teaching. Other duties include continuation of professional development, advising students, supervision of graduate research and evidence-based practice projects, and participation in departmental and university governance.


PhD (or equivalent doctorate) or OTD, 5 or more years of clinical experience, supervisory experience, and a commitment to liberal arts education. Candidates close to completion of a doctorate will be considered. Candidates must have or qualify for a Washington State Occupational Therapist license. Teaching and research experience desirable.

Compensation and Benefits: Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:–services/human-resources/overview-of-university-benefit/.

About Puget Sound

Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit “About Puget Sound” ( to learn more about the college. 

How to apply

Apply online

Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit application materials postmarked no later than January 3, 2015 to ensure consideration.

Required Documents:

Please submit curriculum vitae when prompted to submit required documents. Additional documents can be attached within the application. Applications submitted without these documents requested below will not be considered:• Curriculum vitae• Letter of Interest• Teaching statement• Research statement• Three (3) Letters of Reference. You will be prompted to enter the contact information for three (3) reference providers. The system will automatically email these reference providers to request a letter.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background inquiry.

Commitment to Diversity: Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. Please view the University Diversity Statement.

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA

Puget Sound is a highly selective liberal arts college in the Pacific Northwest. It's a place where people come together to learn, to make lasting connections, to plunge into a sea of ideas, and to begin to scale the challenges of the world ahead. An intellectual atmosphere, an energized academic community, a beautiful campus in a vibrant city, and a depth of opportunities to reach out, connect, and explore, Puget Sound is the result of a unique confluence of the elements.